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Daughter of Paddy 'Bogside' bereaved twice on same day

By David Young

Published 12/01/2016

Veteran civil rights activist Paddy Doherty was buried on Sunday
Veteran civil rights activist Paddy Doherty was buried on Sunday

A double tragedy struck the daughter of well-known Londonderry civil rights activist and campaigner Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty last week.

Mr Doherty, a tireless worker for the city and its people, was buried on Sunday.

Now it's emerged James Kelly, the husband of his daughter Fiona, was buried yesterday.

On a busy Stormont day, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness sent his sympathies to the family.

"Thinking of my friend Fiona who sadly buried her father Paddy Doherty y'day & today buried her husband respected Derry republican Jim Kelly," the Sinn Fein man said via Twitter.

It's understood father-of-three Mr Kelly had been ill for some time.

Mr Kelly, who was 51, died at Altnagelvin Hospital last Thursday, within hours of his father-in-law's death

His funeral cortege left his home at Quigley's Point in Co Donegal yesterday and travelled to St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry for Requiem Mass at 11.30am.

En route the funeral procession paused for a few moments at the H-Block memorial in Rossville Street to recognise Mr Kelly's republican heritage.

Republican activist Eamon 'Peggy' McCourt commented: "So sad. Two great people."

Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty, who was in his 90th year, was one of the best-known personalities in the city.

He was a key member of the Derry Citizens' Defence Association in the late 1960s, and was a respected community leader.

Emerging from the turmoil of the civil rights period, Mr Doherty spearheaded a host of citywide initiatives that helped Derry rebuild its troubled image.

At Mr Doherty's funeral, prayers were also offered for Mr Kelly and his immediate family.

Former SDLP leader John Hume and his wife Pat were among the mourners on Sunday as the city witnessed one of the largest funerals it has seen for many years.

Fr Paul Farren told mourners that Paddy Doherty had come from a family of 11 children, had 13 children of his own, 46 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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